Happiness Revisited

26 Oct

Recently a colleague forwarded an article to me written by an exchange student from Denmark. She says:  “I am from Denmark, and came to Orlando to study abroad for this semester. I love it here, but life is different from back home. Here, everyone talks a lot about money. In fact, everything is money.”

This article did not make me happy (pun intended).  How did this young woman get such a distorted view of America?  Do you know anyone who is personally driven by money?  I have been in 350+ organizations and we almost never talk about money.  I now have 99 posts on this blog, not one of them is about money.

I concede that Danes are very happy, in fact Denmark is the happiest country in Europe, perhaps in the world.

But Americans are also very happy. Except for Mexico, North America is a very happy place.  However, it seems that Florida is not as happy as the upper Midwest, perhaps this explains her perception of the experience, as well as her lack of graciousness.  Clearly, no Iowa Nice where she has been living.

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One Response to “Happiness Revisited”


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